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King Arthur Flour Maple Flav-R-Bits?

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Not sure if this should go here or elsewhere.. but I wondered if anyone else had tried them? I got them a while ago, and was going to make some maple and pecan blondies for my brother, and thought that I'd throw half a cup in.
However, some of the reviews were less than complimentary..
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...
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  1. It says "maple flavor" in the ingredient list. That means NOT actual maple. Probably fenugreek. You bought them so you may as well use them but it sounds like they need softening so I suggest letting the batter sit on the counter for a half hour before putting it into the pan. Or try grinding them up in the food processor before adding them to the batter.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Another thought - try them in a small batch of pancakes. Use them as is in half the batter, pulverized in the other half. If they're awful, throwing pancakes out, or to the wildlife, is less painful than tossing a batch of blondies.

    2. I don't know about the maple bits, but I bought the cinnamon chips and wound up throwing them out with the muffins I baked with them. They just tasted wrong and smelled fake to me.

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      1. re: roxlet

        I've never tried them but that makes sense to me. Even if they were the finest quality cinnamon, I don't think I'd enjoy biting into a chunk of the spice.

        1. re: greygarious

          I think cinnamon chips aren't chunks of cinnamon sticks, but some droplet (chip) shaped soft, sweet thing, like a butterscotch chip, white (nonchocolate) chip, or peanut butter chip.

          I'd advise the OP to eat one out of the bag and see if they taste good; if so, plan to cook with them. If they taste awful, it seems less likely that they'll turn delicious in a brownie, and more likely that they'd turn the brownie undelicious.

          1. re: willownt

            Good plan. I just made the blondies without them, but it's worth taste-testing them..

      2. The name alone would stop me from even buying, much less trying them.

        And I just looked at the link - they look like cat kibble.

        1. Just because King Arthur's sells them doesn't make them a quality product, sadly.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Oh dear.. the feedback appears universally negative! I actually do like cinnamon chips although they are very fake.. I use them occasionally to make super cinnamon-y snickerdoodles. Might try soaking them and then see what they're like. I did buy them sight unseen to round up an order...